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Jeremiah J. Hassett, 91, police detective sergeant; Aug. 9, 1920 -- Feb. 21, 2012

Jeremiah J. Hassett of Lackawanna, a retired Buffalo police detective sergeant, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School and served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Europe and Asia and achieved the rank of master sergeant.

He joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1947 and in the early 1960s was promoted to detective sergeant in the Narcotics Squad and later in the Burglary and Pawn Squad. He received numerous commendations throughout his career, including the William Conners Gold Medal for his role in capturing the perpetrators of a Brink's Armored truck robbery in 1957 and a commendation in the 1976 for helping to rescue a man from a burning car. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Hassett was honored by the American Red Cross in 1975 as a five-gallon blood donor. He was a member of Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus, Lackawanna, and Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, Lackawanna.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Margaret Luckacovic; two daughters, Geraldine Hudson and Carol Foley; and a son, Jack.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Bistrica Catholic Church, 1619 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

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